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Poster: Jim F Date: Aug 24, 2010 2:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best GD 'icebreaker'

If there's one thing that can be a problem with the Dead, it's their lack of enough songs with catchy hooks. You can never say enough about a catchy hook. It's the reason all of us have at least one guilty pleasure by an artist we would generally despise and why VH-1 never runs out of material for "One Hit Wonder" specials.

I think that's why playing cover versions of songs the Dead did is a good icebreaker for the new listener, because they're usually something with a catchy hook that any classic rock fan probably already likes (like Bobby McGee or something). If you're trying to expose someone who is REALLY unfamiliar, and maybe isn't really into improv/jamming type stuff, you can bore them or scare them away really easily with a large percentage of the Dead's material.

My sister is one of those people who hates anything instrumental, she just thinks it's "drug music" that one can only enjoy when "on drugs." Yet she listens to my copy of In the Dark way more than I ever have (I've probably only played it once lol). I've tried to push American Beauty on her but she's pretty resistant.

A while back she discovered Floyd's "Wish you were Here" (the song, not the whole album). She asked if I had it on cd, and I said of course, along with over 100 live shows, naturally. I told her that it's one of those albums where you don't just play one song and put it up, it's one where you just have to start it from the beginning and take the whole ride. I think she tried, but Shine On was just too much for her, I doubt she even made it halfway through.

This post was modified by Jim F on 2010-08-24 09:53:12